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Utes to drop Drum & Feather - Sun Bowl the last game logo will appear on helmet

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There had been rumors circulating the last week about the possibility that the Drum & Feather logo - which has been a staple for University of Utah athletics since the 1970s - would be dropped prior to the 2012 season.

KSL has confirmed those reports.

The Drum & Feather logo will be no more - officially being phased out after Utah's bowl game tomorrow.

Replacing the logo will be either interlocking Us or the traditional, more historic Block U - which has been associated with the University for over 100 years.

The Drum & Feather, as I mentioned, was brought into the program back in the 1970s and was a near-copy of the Washington Redskins logo of the time. It's not a surprise, as over the years, the athletic department had moved away from the logo - replacing it on the field at RES, at mid-court at the Huntsman Center and on a great deal of athletic gear sold recently.

But it is a big development and could suggest the program might be moving toward dropping the Utes name altogether.

For now, though, the Drum & Feather is the only thing going.